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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Feb 2, 2007 1:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Virginia was only a few hours drive from the Best East Coast

MAINE was indeed the best scene for an East Coast show, with fewer weekend warriors, more true believers, less Police , best seafood etc. shows were sometimes special sometimes ordinary.

As for shows the energy level of crowd and usually band was directly relative to how far from NYC.Philly and Jersey shows were pretty much the same in being really intense but not quite NYC.DC and Cap were noticeably milder as was Virginia.

Upon further reflection I'd probably put NJ as 3rd 'dead state' remembering all that Passaic and Jersey City produced over the years.

Not slam on VA but no shows come to mind besides Richmond 85 and Hampton 89.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Feb 2, 2007 5:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Virginia was only a few hours drive from the Best East Coast

I'd recommend giving another listen to 5/25/77 and the Hampton '88 run (especially 3/27).